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Double Dose of Disruption

Business leaders often look over their shoulders trying to find the next disruptive player or event that will shake up their organizations. Well, in a matter of weeks spanning August to the beginning of September, the foodservice industry got a double dose of disruption.


Juan Martinez

Electronic Ordering Insights

Kiosk ordering seems all the rage in today’s foodservice industry. While the process seems simple and intuitive for many consumers, implementation is another story. 


Jerry Stiegler

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.



Says Who? - Jim Zink, managing partner for Zink Foodservice Group

Jim Zink is a managing partner for Zink Foodservice Group, an Ohio-based manufacturers’ rep firm. A second generation member of the foodservice industry, Jim joined the business his father Skip started in 1977. Jim is also a previous recipient of FE&S’ Top Achiever—Rep Award and remains very active in the foodservice industry and various charitable endeavors.

sayswho_background Jim Zink

FE&S: What keeps you working in the foodservice industry?

Jim Zink: Every day brings new challenges, so there is always a great energy in this business, which I love. Also, the people! Collectively speaking, the entire channel is a hard-working, service oriented group. It’s fun to be a part of this industry.

FE&S: Would you encourage your children to work in this business?

Jim Zink: Absolutely! As the industry evolves there will continue to be great career opportunities on many levels. Whether you are an engineer, a designer, a sales professional or a chef, there will continue to be so many ways to participate and carve out a challenging, yet rewarding, career path.

FE&S: What type of charitable activities are you involved in?

Jim Zink: I am a director of FORE CANCER RESEARCH. This is an all-volunteer group founded by foodservice industry veteran Mark Thomas that has donated more than $350,000 in the last four years for cancer research. Key industry sponsors at our 2010 annual Pro-Am golf event included platinum sponsor, Rubbermaid plus gold sponsors Manitowoc Foodservice, Anchor Hocking, Wasserstrom, RZ Marketing, Contemporary Foodservice & Zink Foodservice Group. Cancer is a disease that unfortunately affects all of us in one way or another. FORE Cancer Research is a vehicle to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research. It’s been a very rewarding endeavor.

FE&S: What was your first job in foodservice?

Jim Zink: During my college years at Notre Dame I tended bar at Bridget McGuire’s Filling Station in South Bend, Ind. I learned quickly that college kids don’t tip!

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